Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching ProfessorAssociate Professor of Political ScienceDirector, Applied Politics Certificate Program

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Audrey Haynes currently serves as an Associate Professor of Political Science and a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor with the School of Public and International Affairs. She is also the Director of the Applied Politics Program, which is part of an interdisciplinary certificate shared with the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Political Science from the Ohio State University in 1996. As a faculty member of the University of Georgia, Dr. Haynes has committed her time to her students, her research, the University and her broader community, but her priority has always been her students and the broad educational mission of the University of Georgia.

Through her service to the University as a faculty member she has been recognized for her commitment to excellence as an instructor, researcher and a mentor. She has served as a Graduate Coordinator, an advisor to multiple student organizations, and currently serves as Treasurer for Palladia. In her capacity as Director of the Applied Politics Program, she teaches/mentors students who hope to enter the career realm of public affairs. Part of this work involves bringing in practitioners from across the state and nation to interact with students, and this has included elected officials as well as lobbyists, campaign managers, political marketers, fundraisers, and policy analysts. This “first in the nation” program trains undergraduate students in public affairs communications, data analytics, and a wide swathe of professional skill development. In addition, her instructional mission takes her to AP classes across the state, zoom sessions with fifth graders who want to be president one day, state 4H competition presentations, talking to news media across the country, radio listeners on Canadian public radio, GPB’s Political Rewind, the AJC’s Politically Georgia, and Australian televisions viewers interested in American politics.

Her research on presidential campaigns, messaging, and strategy has been published in major political science journals including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review’s P.S. Dr. Haynes has received numerous honors, including the University’s Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the Russell Teaching Award, and recognition as one of the Princeton Review’s “Best 300 Professors” in the nation. She is a two-time recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Outstanding Teaching Award. She is also recognized for innovation in teaching, particularly online teaching, and received the Regent’s Teaching Excellence Award for online instruction within the USG. Student organizations have also recognized her efforts as a teacher and mentor. She received the W.E.B. DuBois Educator Award from the UGA Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. and the SGA Outstanding Professor Award. Dr. Haynes, a first generation college graduate, also holds an undergraduate and Master’s degree from the UGA has received the Blue Key Faculty Service Award and was appointed by President Morehead to serve on the University’s Athletic Association Board. She is currently working on an Applied Politics text for undergraduate students. In her spare times she writes poetry, paints, and enjoys amateur theatre, book club and science fiction of all kinds.

  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University, Political Science, 1996
  • MA, University of Georgia, Political Science, 1991
  • AB, Henry Grady School of Journalism, UGA, Journalism, 1987
Areas of Expertise
  • Presidential nominations and elections
  • Political parites
  • Political media
  • Political propaganda
  • Applied Politics
  • Georgia Politics
Honors, Awards, and Achievements
  • Jan 2024 Student Career Success Influencer Award 2024, Scott Williams, University of Georgia, Career Center, Athens, GA, United States
  • Mar 2023 UGA Creative Teaching Award, Office of the Vice President of Instruction UGA
  • Feb 2023 Student Career Success Influencer Award 2022, Scott T. Williams, University of Georgia, Career Center, Athens, United States
  • Oct 2021 Blue Key Service Award, Blue Key Honor Society, University of Georgia
  • Aug 2020–May 2021 Aspire Fellowship, UGA PROVOST, University of Georgia, Office of the Provost, Athens, United States
  • Dec 2017 State Winner and UGA Nominee for Regents Teaching Excellence for Online Teaching, USG Regents, University System of Georgia, Atlanta, United States
  • Dec 2016 UGA Nominee for Regents Teaching Excellence for Online Teaching, Office of the Vice President for Instruction and CTL, University of Georgia, Athens, Athens, United States
  • Aug 2016–Aug 2017 Online Teaching Fellow
  • Apr 2016 E.B. Dubois Educator Award
  • Mar 2016 SGA Outstanding Professor Award, Student Government Association, University of Georgia, Athens, United States
  • Feb 2015 CTL Teacher of the Week, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States
  • Apr 2014 Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Georgia
  • Aug 2013–Aug 2014 Online Learning Fellow
  • Apr 2012 Princeton Review Top 300 Professors, Princeton Review
  • 2012 Lilly Teaching Fellow Mentor
  • May 2010 SPIA Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2009 Senior Teaching Fellow, CTL
  • 2008 RH Last Lecture Series, Division of Academic Enhancement Franklin College, UGA Parents and Families Assoc
  • 2008 Dean Thomas P. Lauth Award for Excellence in Teaching, Pi Sigma Alpha
  • 2006 Richard B. Russell Teaching Award, The University of Georgia
  • 2005 The Susette M. Talarico Award for Excellence in Teaching, Pi Sigma Alpha
Research Interests

Dr. Haynes’ research focuses on the nexus of candidate communication strategy and the news media within the context of presidential nomination campaigns. She is also interested in the innovative strategies of political parties and candidates as they work to adapt to new electoral environments as well as differences across partisans and their implications for behavior. As to teaching, she is interested in using “new media” in the classroom with the aim of producing an “interactive” learning environment that encourages continued learning outside the classroom.


  • Presidential Nominations
  • Elections and the Media


  • American Politics
  • American Political Parties
  • Social Welfare Politics
  • The Media and Politics.
Selected Publications

Journal Articles:

“National Party Division and Divisive State Primaries in US Presidential Elections, 1948–2012”. Political Behavior, Volume 1: January 2016, pp 1-23 (with Paul Gurian, Nathan Burroughs, Lonna Atkeson and Damon Cann)

“Media and Presidential Nomination Campaigns: When Bad News Becomes Good News (or at least a little better).” 2008. American Review of Politics. 28: 343-359.

“Going Negative: Media Responses to Candidate Attacks.” Journal of Political Marketing, special edition, Volume 4: 1 & 2, (February 2006), (with Julianne F. Flowers and Jennifer Harman).

“The Calculus of Concession: Media Coverage and the Dynamics of Winnowing in Presidential Nominations.” 2004. American Politics Research, 32: 310-337 (with Paul-Henri Gurian, Michael F. Crespin, and Christopher Zorn).

“The Media, the Campaign and the Message.” 2003. American Journal of Political Science, 47: 259-273. (with Julianne F. Flowers and Michael Crespin).

“Georgia: Partisan Parity in the Peach State”, 2003. American Review of Politics, 24: 35-52. (with John Clark, Brad Lockerbie and Jason Seitz).

“News Norms and the Strategic Timing and Content of Candidate Messages.” 2002. Journal of Political Marketing, 1: 1-21 (with Julianne F. Flowers).

“Getting the Word Out Early: Candidate Messaging Strategy During the Invisible Primary”. 2002. Political Research Quarterly, 55(3): 633-52 (with Julianne F. Flowers).

“Attack Politics in Presidential Nomination Campaigns.” 1998. Political Research Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 3: pp. 691-721 (with Staci Rhine).

“Why Do the News Media Cover Certain Candidates More Than Others? The Antecedents of State and National News Coverage in the 1992 Presidential Nomination Campaign.” 1998. American Politics Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 4: pp. 420-438 (with Sarah Murray).

“Presidential Campaigning at the Grassroots.” 1997. Journal of Politics, Vol. 59, No.4: pp. 1264-1275 (with Paul Allen Beck, Russell J. Dalton, and Robert Huckfeldt).

“The Role of Candidate Spending in Presidential Nomination Campaigns.” 1997. Journal of Politics, Vol. 59, No.1: pp. 213-25. (with Paul-Henri Gurian and Steve Nichols)

“Campaign Strategy in Presidential Primaries: 1976-1988” 1993. American Journal of Political Science, Vol. 37, No. 1: pp. 335-341. (with Paul-Henri Gurian)

Invited Articles and Book Chapters:

“Going Negative” in Wayne Steger, Mark Wrighton and Sean Kelly, eds., Campaigns and Political Marketing, 2006. Haworth Press. (with Julianne F. Flowers and Jennifer Harman).

“Presidential Nominations: Toward 2004.” 2003.P.S. Vol. 36, No. 2 (with Paul-Henri Gurian)

“The 2000 Presidential Nomination Process” in Robert P. Steed, ed. The 2000 Presidential Election in the South. 2001. Greenwood Publishing (with John Clark).

“Local Party Organizations and Presidential Politics, in Comparative Political Parties and Party Elites: Essays in Honor of Samuel J. Eldersveld. 1999 (University of Michigan Press: Ann Arbor) (with Paul Allen Beck, Russell J. Dalton and Robert Huckfeldt).

“Social-Group Polarization in 1992” in Democracy’s Feast, Herbert F. Weisberg, ed. 1994 (Chatham House: New Jersey). (with Herb Weisberg and Jon A. Krosnick)